New Zealand may not get back to having zero coronavirus cases in the community, the director general of health said on Thursday, as the country continues efforts to stamp out the infectious Delta variant of the virus. New Zealand eliminated COVID-19 last year and had been largely virus-free, barring a small number of cases in February, until the latest outbreak of the Delta variant erupted in August, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to order a nationwide lockdown. "We may not get back to zero but the important thing is we are going to keep finding any infections and basically continue to contact trace, test and isolate people so that we stop the virus circulating in the community... that's the aim," Ashley Bloomfield, the director general of health told Radio New Zealand.
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An Australian-EU trade deal would be mutually beneficial and allow EU members a greater presence in the Indo-Pacific, said Australia's trade minister, as Canberra tries to repair ties with Paris after the scrapping of a $40 billion submarine deal. Australia last week cancelled a deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and will instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership with those two countries. The cancellation has angered France, which accused both Australia and the United States of stabbing it in the back, and it recalled its ambassadors from both Canberra and Washington.
Taste of freedom: Auckland residents rush to fast-food joints as Covid restrictions ease. Long queues didn’t deter Aucklanders hoping to get their first taste of takeaway food and coffee in more than a month
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Developing nations welcome US climate finance pledge but warn more is neededRest of G20 should follow Joe Biden’s lead on funding commitments, says climate envoy President Joe Biden speaking to the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP
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A ski resort in Victoria, Australia, reported the ground shaking as a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the state on September 22.The Mount Buller resort reported no damage or disruption to skiers or boarders from the earthquake which was recorded at 9:15 am near Mansfield in Victoria’s east, according to Geoscience Australia. It was first reported as a magnitude 6.0 earthquake, before being downgraded to 5.8, the seismology agency told Storyful.“That was interesting. No avalanches folks, we’re fine and back skiing” the resort wrote in a Twitter post.A pair of cameras at the ski field shake aggressively in this video posted to Twitter by the Mount Buller ski resort. Credit: Mt Buller via Storyful
British Rail logo designer appalled by green makeover ‘mess’Gerry Barney says updated branding, to be used by Great British Railways, uses too many colours Gerry Barney, who designed the British Rail logo in 1964, holding a copy of the new version. Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his estranged niece and The New York Times over a bombshell 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices that was based on confidential documents she provided to the newspaper’s reporters